A 425,000 guineas yearling by Pivotal, Praised was in need of experience when second on her debut at Yarmouth last month, but shaped with abundant promise by the end, having to pick her way through and come across towards the stand rail, finishing with a flourish under just hands and heels.
She is sure to have learnt a lot from the whole experience and looks the sort to improve markedly – as indicated by the Timeform large ‘P’ attached to her rating. There are a couple in this field who are themselves open to further progress but it is William Haggas’s filly who sets the standard and should prove very difficult to hold out.
Radetsky showed improved form to finish runner-up on his handicap debut at Chelmsford last month and, strong in the betting, he confirmed the promise of that run when taking a big step forward to break his duck over this course and distance last time. Despite conceding the first run, he stayed on to lead inside the final 50 yards. He is up 7 lb for that victory but is still low mileage, and another bold showing should be on the cards from a handy draw.
Call My Bluff showed glimpses in his two outings last year and, after a couple of below par efforts this term, he did enough to believe he probably stayed upped further in trip when fifth at Bath last time. He is still lightly-raced, remains open to improvement and is stepped back in grade taking on his elders for the first time.
It is hard to say he is well-handicapped on the evidence of his previous efforts in this sphere, but he is less exposed than most of his rivals, and could be worth chancing at an enticing price.
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